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ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- For the second time in as many nights, the Vancouver Canucks overcame a two-goal third-period deficit and got a huge effort in overtime from their goaltender. This time, they also got some help from linesman Dan McCourt.
Garth Snow made seven overtime saves for the Canucks in Wednesday's 3-3 tie at Dallas. Tonight, Potvin was unbeatable in the extra period, making a pair of point-blank stops on Scott Young early before robbing Jamal Mayers with his glove with 24 seconds remaining.
"They came pretty hard at the end. Again, we showed a lot of character, coming back against the best team in the league," Potvin said. "I was dehydrated a bit at the end. It was a hot building. I was glad to get it over with."
Vancouver was able to come away with a point as Mogilny scored the tying goal for the second straight game. As Mogilny reached his own blue line, McCourt lost his edge and tripped Blues defenseman Jeff Finley.
"I don't know if I've ever seen it before," Finley said. "I'm going backwards. The last thing I'm expecting is somebody laying on the ice."
Mogilny held onto the puck, drifted into the St. Louis zone, used a defender as a screen and flipped a wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle that floated into the top right corner of the net.
"They had three guys back, it had nothing to do with the goal," Mogilny said, referring to the McCourt incident. "I shot it from the blue line. I had to use one of them as a decoy otherwise the goalie would have seen it."
"He used Pavol (Demitra) as a screen, he shot between Pavol's legs," Blues goaltender Roman Turek said. "If you don't see the puck all the way, you have to find it in the air. It's not an excuse, but sometimes it's hard to stop the puck if you don't see it."
Markus Naslund also scored in the third period for the Canucks, who snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Blues but have not beaten them since December 15, 1997. Vancouver is unbeaten in six of its last seven overall (3-1-3) and trails San Jose by five points for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
"The guys really battled hard. For us to come back, down two goals in the third period, speaks for itself," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "We taxed our top people an awful lot. Felix was outstanding in the overtime. We've got the three periods down, the OT's giving us a little trouble."
Mike Eastwood had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, whose latest unbeaten streak reached five games (3-0-2). The Blues are 15-2-2 since January 22 and lead New Jersey and Detroit by five points in the race for the Presidents' Trophy.
The fourth line of Eastwood, Mayers and rookie Tyson Nash accounted for both St. Louis goals in the second period. With 6:15 remaining, Nash collected a bouncing puck at the top of the right circle and put a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net for his fourth goal. It was his first since December 21, ending a 33-game drought.
Eastwood got his first goal in 14 games with 2:02 left, deflecting Al MacInnis' point shot past Potvin for his 17th of the season. The assist was the 800th of MacInnis' career.
"They played really well, they were a good spark for our team. Jammer and Nasher really got in there on the forecheck and created those two goals," Eastwood said.
Naslund started the Canucks' comeback 3:18 into the third. Mark Messier won a faceoff from Eastwood and got the puck to Naslund, who put a high wrist shot by Turek.
"I lost that draw, which didn't help," Eastwood said. "It's my responsibility. It's disappointing but it happens."